A few days ago I caught wind of the #BringYourBuild competition being run by Maplin here in the UK. This was to celebrate the 11th burthday of the Arduino platform. All you needed was to submit an Arduino based project, either via social media or (preferably) in store. Continue reading
What is #CheerLights?
Cheerlights is a IoT based light control system, originally intended to allow social media to dictate the colour of festive lights around the world.
The current cheerlight status
How does it work?
Put the word Cheerlight and a colour in a tweet and you’ve just told light systems around the world the colour they should show. On the website is a list of the currently supported colours.
A few days back I saw this article about a Word Clock that had been built using at ATmega328P and an 8×8 LED matrix. “Cool” I thought, I have bi-colour one of those in the “toy” box, I might have a go at that.
Around the same time, those pesky pirates Pimoroni were having their #yarrbooty twitter competition. I was fortunate enough to win a few rounds and decided to spend some of my booty on a Unicorn HAT and an A+. The Unicorn HAT is an 8×8 matrix of very bright RGB LEDs.
And low, the Unicorn Word Clock was born Continue reading
If you have not read Inventing with the IoT – Workshop go do so first, otherwise this will make less sense than usual!
As I said in my previous post, I never actually worked with the IoT code before the workshop, so I downloaded it and combined it with my PiDuino code from earlier this week. As a result I have an Internet of Things NeoPixel ring.